All of this high talk about the Geneva Convention . Well, although not a legal scholar, I'm wondering if the handling of a former Head of State gets identical treatment...
Nevertheless, article 15 of the Geneva Convention applies here:I personally think that it is manifestly obvious that the proceedure under which the former President of the Iraqi Republic was going was indeed a Medical Examination, showing that he is being treated humanely. If your opinion is that his appearance is a disgrace, that is a personal opinion. He was not dressed up in a pink negligee', he was not paraded around in public to derisive jeering... he was, in accordance to the Geneva Convention, removed immediately from the Danger Zone, and given Medical Treatment.Article 15
The Power detaining prisoners of war shall be bound to provide free of charge for their maintenance and for the medical attention required by their state of health.
Prisoners of war shall be evacuated, as soon as possible after their capture, to camps situated in an area far enough from the combat zone for them to be out of danger.
I don't think that it is the responsibility of the current Iraqi Regime to make him look dapper and well kept... not is it that of the U.S. Armed Forces.
On the other hand... the Geneva Convention requires of its signatories another act;So all of you folks worried about what may happen to Saddam in the hands of the new Iraqi Courts... rest assured that his rights under the G.C. must still be observed.Prisoners of war may only be transferred by the Detaining Power to a Power which is a party to the Convention and after the Detaining Power has satisfied itself of the willingness and ability of such transferee Power to apply the Convention. When prisoners of war are transferred under such circumstances, responsibility for the application of the Convention rests on the Power accepting them while they are in its custody.